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Moving can be daunting, create a Inventory

list, icon, instagram In a previous post here, I talked about the ways you can create a Inventory List when you are planning to move or store your valuables in one of our units.

Moving or storing can be very stressful so it is always a good idea to plan your move well ahead.

Here is a list of things you can do to make it easier and move without any added stress:

Eight Weeks before the move:

  • Sort and clean – go through all the items in your house, decide what to keep and discard the rest.  Categorize your items and start your inventory list;
  • Create a file that will contain everything to do with the move, include the list of your items, moving or storage quotes, invoices and payment receipts;
  • Managing school records – if you are not moving into the same neighbour hood or need to change your children’s schools, now is the time to get the application in and move their records to the new school;
  • Investigate your moving or storing options – research moving or storing companies and obtain written quotes.  Compare which company will safe you money, don’t go for first in best dressed, a good way is to look at testimonials on the company webpage or even Google.

Six weeks before the move

  • Start getting your packing supplies together, you will need boxes, tape, permanent markers, labels and bubble wrap;
  • Start consuming or using the food you don’t want to move, frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.  You are prohibited from storing frozen, perishable or flammable items in a storage unit, so if you are intending to store, use these items or give them away, keeping only the necessities until you move and then discard;
  • Now is the time to go look at your new home or the storage unit making sure that everything you are taking along with you will fit;

Four weeks before the move  

  • Now is the time to select the moving or storing company and get a confirmation from them on the dates you will be moving;
  • Start your packing and labeling – because you have already sorted your valuables, start by packing the things that you are unlikely to use.  Separate the things that need extra care or special packing.  Label each box with the contents and do not forget to add the specific room.  Duplicate the information on the label onto your Inventory list.
  • Notify your service providers of either your intention to move out and have the services end (in cases of storing) or change the service delivery address to your new destination.  Ensure you specify a date of transfer.

Two weeks before the move

  • Notify your employer formally of your intention to take the day of the move off;
  • Reconfirm with the storage facility or moving company to ensure your dates are locked in;
  • Book a cleaner to spring clean the house after the move, the last thing you want is the new occupants to move into a dirty house.retro, vintage, lady

Week before the move

  • Pack all the clothes you won’t need ensuring that everyone in the family has enough clothes to last them a couple of days after the move and for the time before the move;
  • If you are going to store your belongings, ensure that you have mothballs between your clothes, you never know what nitty gritties may come along to eat away at your clothes.  It is a good idea to purchase vacuum bags to store your clothes in, not only does it safe space, but it will also help against the onslaught of the environment;
  • Manage medication prescriptions – ensure that your prescriptions are filled or store your prescriptions to be filled in a safe place where you can easily find it.

Few days before

  • Defrost the freezer, make sure it is empty, defrosted and cleaned at least 24 hours before the moving day;
  • Make sure the removalist or storing facility and the cleaner is paid and plan some refreshments for the day of the move.

On the moving day:

  • Check your inventory list as the removalist load and unload the truck.


Protecting your valuables against the harsh Australian conditions

When using self-storage facilities always make sure your valuables are safely insulated. Here is a few tips that will protect your valuables against the harsh Australian conditions while you store with us.

Store Electronics

computer, workstation, server

You can store electronics indefinitely in a in a indoor temperature and climate controlled storage unit. It is not advisable to store electronics in a unit where it can get hotter than 21 degrees.
• You should also avoid stacking your electronics.
• To insulate your electronics, store in cardboard boxes upright, surrounded by additional packing padding.
• Ensure you use silica packets to keep them dry.  You can find a good moisture absorber at Bunnings if you do not have access to Silica packets.
• Remove all batteries from devices before storing. Do not use bubble wrap, instead use foam so the item can breathe.
Always be aware there is a risk to breakage, insects and pests when storing your electronics.

Store your Clothing

Clothing can be stored indefinitely but should be stored in the same temperature and climate controlled environment than electronics. It is also important to note that humidity controlled environments is also important for the storage of clothes.

Use cotton, polyester, cardboard, wooden boxes or garment bags that are not airtight to store your clothing.
Remove and rotate the clothing every year to 18 months to keep them fresh. Breathability is important.
The risk associated with storing clothing is mold and mildew especially when storing cotton and polyester. Leather garments can dry out and crack. All damage to clothing is caused by moths, insects and pests so make sure to add some moth balls to your storage box.

FurnitureStore furniture

The recommended temperature to store furniture is between 12 and 18 degrees Celcius. Make sure that you disassemble your furniture as much as you can to lessen the likelihood of damage, especially in the case of wooden furniture. It is advisable to keep screws and bolts in small labelled plastic bags and tape them to a main piece of the disassembled furniture. Always store drawers separate from frames. Wrap furniture in plastic to keep out moisture, bugs and pests and make sure the fabric furniture is cleaned thoroughly before storing.
Wood and leather can crack, break or dry out. Upholstery can become mildewed and unusable.

Read here for some more valuable hacks to store your furniture.